-by Rosanne Day with permission from The Sooke Food Bank
Everyone knows that feeling, it is the last minutes of your Christmas preparation and with panic you discover you are missing a present for someone. Well let us multiply that by ten and you get an idea of what the Christmas Bureau gets to deal with at their busiest moments. Donations in December do a wonderful job filling the needs but it seems like there are always a few people needing a gift at the end.
This year Guy Woods at 642 Wear and Benjamin Kendrick of Meanwhile in Sooke have taken up a friendly competition to ease this panic and fill that last minute need. With your help, during the month of November they will be accepting donations that will cover some last minute hoodies to have on hand when this situation arrives.
Usually this gift gap is for the harder to buy for group, often male teens. Local hoodies are perfect, you can get them in every size for men, women, teens and children. Everybody wants one, everyone could use one and they are so practical. Having a few on hand at the beginning of December will ease the minds of the wonderful volunteers already working miracles.
Please help by going into Daniel’s Market at 5539 Sooke Road to donate to Meanwhile in Sooke or 642 Wear at 6596 Sooke Road #103. If you want to donate a whole hoodie that would be greatly appreciated too.
If everyone could get behind this and there are hoodies left over they will keep perfectly until next year! Everybody who has ever been in a rough spot at Christmas also knows that feeling which goes along with “we can’t afford it.”
A 65 year old man tells the story of getting an apple and two oranges one Christmas and a 63 year old woman remembers getting the same bicycle twice because it was too big to ride the first year but she could ride on the peddles without sitting on the seat the second year and yes she had the same bike through high school.
There are people right here in Sooke who don’t need these lasting hard memories and partnering with either 642 Wear or Meanwhile in Sooke should warm the giver’s heart as well.